Famed scientist set to dazzle local crowd

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society, will attempt to demystify the complexities of chemistry Feb. 10.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz will bring his love of science to Okanagan College’s Kalamalka campus Feb. 10.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz will bring his love of science to Okanagan College’s Kalamalka campus Feb. 10.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society, will attempt to demystify the complexities of chemistry Feb. 10.

The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Okanagan College’s Kalamalka campus and is hosted by the college and the Okanagan Science Centre.

Schwarcz will address questions such as: Why, for years and years, there were no red M&M’s or how they get the maraschino cherry to float in the syrup inside a Cherry Blossom? What is the link between the bombardier beetle at the V-2 rocket? Why does popcorn pop? Why are there holes in Swiss cheese? Can chocolate really make you fall in love?

Schwarcz is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging.

He has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. Among these are the Royal Society of Canada’s McNeil Award and the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award. His latest awards include the Royal Canadian Institute’s Sandford Fleming Medal, the Society of Chemical Industry’s Purvis Award and the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Montreal Medal. Schwarcz was also awarded an honorary Doctorate degree by Athabasca University.

“Dr. Joe” has appeared hundreds of times on the Canadian Discovery Channel, TV Ontario, Global Television, CBC-TV, CTV-TV and various radio stations.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Contact the Okanagan Science Centre at www.okscience.ca or 545-3644 for advanced purchase of tickets or for more information.